Itâs Episode 123 of In the Mood for Podcast, a British-based film podcast hosted by Calum Reed of Ultimate Addict and Pete Sheppard of In the Mood for Blog.
This week weâre joined once again by Irini M., who brings us news from her home countryâs Thessaloniki Film Festival in a notably more concise fashion than Septemberâs Venice round-up. She also joins in our discussion of some interesting recent events, which includes some rare exciting news involving David O. Russell, and the bizarre spectrum of films vying for this yearâs Animated Feature Oscar. We discuss two Foreign Language Oscar contenders, as Paolo Virziâs âHuman Capitalâ enlivens the middle-class misery of bourgeois Italy and Andrey Zvyagintsevâs âLeviathanâ documents the coastal conflicts of rural Russia, before giving ambition a dressing down, as Christopher Nolanâs epic âInterstellarâ comes to town. We reveal whether the cinematic influences used in the film are a blessing or curse, and whether Nolanâs scope and logic holds up under scrutiny. Elsewhere, we recount a horror show from Venice which saw Pete become a gay advocate, a mistaken text briefly convinced Cal that his niece was a child genius, while Keira Knightleyâs recent quest to boost female self-image has us rather baffled.
The Weekâs News: Darren Aronofsky to head the jury at next yearâs Berlin Film Festival David O. Russellâs long-delayed âNailedâ re-titled as âLove in Politicsâ and scheduled for release in the UK Animated Feature Oscar qualifying list is announced European Film Award nominations are announced [3:05 - 20:55]
Opening Segment: Irini M. provides a round-up of the Thessaloniki Film Festival, which includes discussion of films by Peter Strickland, Susanne Bier, and Mia Hansen-Love! [21:00 - 34:45]
Preconception Corner Reviews of:
Leviathan Human Capital [43:25 - 1:01:30]
Closing Segment: Our take on Christopher Nolanâs space-set epic âInterstellar,â and discussing cine-literate films, with comment on âAllegro,â âKill Bill,â and âOnce Upon a Time in the Westâ!
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